Chautauqua Music Reopens, Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Following a short hiatus which began in July, Billy Kates has reopened the doors of downtown Jamestown’s Chautauqua Music.

Kates will celebrate the reopening on Friday with a party featuring a live acoustic performance by several members of Big Leg Emma, and a set by Alex Kates. The show, which is set to begin at 6 p.m., will also feature food, drinks, drawings and giveaways.

“It feels great,” Kates said. “I just hope we can stay open for another 40.”

Kates is excited about having Big Leg Emma perform in the store, he said. The show will be a stripped-down acoustic version of the band’s live electric show.

“They have a really big fanbase around here, and they are traveling nationally now,” Kates said. “So, I thought acoustic would bring a bunch of people, because electric might get out of hand.”

Kates, who is the son of former owners John and Bonny Davis, decided to reopen the store after his mother retired. According to Kates, his father opened the store in 1973, and ran with the torch of keeping a downtown music shop open until he passed away six years ago. Bonny continued operating the store with the help of her two sons until her retirement.

“This is Dad’s baby – so she retired,” Kates said. “This was not in my five-year plan, and I had no intention of doing this, but the night before the auction I was sitting on the porch with my daughter and she was crying her eyes out. She said, ‘Dad, this isn’t acceptable, we have to have a music store downtown.'”

Kates is currently running the store by himself without employees, but tries to give a personal touch to all the work he does.

“With me, if there’s a problem you come in,” Kates said. “I’m trying to be ‘the ‘real’ musician’s friend.’ I want people to come in, get in a comfy chair and play. This is not a museum, this is a toy store for musicians.”

In addition to instrument sales, the shop also offers repair and maintenance, as well as lessons. Spencer Drake, the guitar instructor, recently completed a monthly gallery recital series that allowed area children to have the opportunity to perform on stage for their families in an all-ages venue. Plus, the venue is also host to the monthly Local Legends of Chautauqua County Musicians Memorial performances, which occur during the first Sunday of each month.

Chautauqua Music is located at 110 E. Second St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 484-0179 or search for “Chautauqua Music” on Facebook.

As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.


Night Lights To Illuminate Griffis Sculpture Park: The group that brought Night Lights to the Heron and Buffalo Botanical Gardens have found their way to Griffis Sculpture Park.

Night Lights at Griffis Sculpture Park is set for today through Saturday from 7-10 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 31, through Saturday, Nov. 2, from 7-10 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 7-12 years old and free for children 6 and under. Griffis Sculpture Park is located at 6902 Mill Valley Road in East Otto. For more information visit

Sherman Central School To Host “Alice In Wonderland” Musical: The Prince Street Players LTD will present a musical theater production of “Alice In Wonderland” beginning Friday at Sherman Central School’s John Butler Auditorium.

The show, which is set for Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m., is a production presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. The version has been adapted from the book “Alice In Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. The adaption of the book and lyrics are by Jim Eiler, and the music is by Eiler and Jeanne Bargy.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. Sherman Central School is located at 127 Park St. in Sherman. For more information call 761-6122.

“American Idol” Season 11 Finalist To Perform At Struthers Library Theatre Friday: Colton Dixon and Good Little Giants are set to perform at the Struthers Library Theatre on Sunday at 8 p.m.

Dixon, an “American Idol” season 11 finalist, is a contemporary Christian musician who is known for his first original tune, “Never Gone” as well as hits such as “You Are,” “Everything” and “Scars.”

Opening for Dixon are Good Little Giants, a trio featuring Scott Phillips, Shane Maze and Kira Spencer.

The concert is sponsored by the DeFrees Family Memorial Fund. For more information, call 814-489-3110 or visit

Halloween Barn Dance Set For Saturday: Smackdab, Two Bird Stone and Cindy Haight are set to perform at the Cole Farm in Panama on Saturday.

Gates to the event open at 3 p.m., but the live music begins at 6 p.m. In addition to live music it will feature a late-night drum circle, Halloween bonfire, food vendors, a costume contest and scariest campsite contest. Camping and firewood for the event are free. The show is all-ages.

Tickets are $20, and parking is $5. The Cole Farm is located at 7405 Warner Road in Panama. For more information, call 499-9638 or search for “Pre-Halloween Barn Dance” on Facebook.

Second Annual End of Days Zombie Run Set For Saturday: Wake Up Productions, Almighty Tattoo Shop, The Jamestown Cycle Shop and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation have teamed up to bring area residents a 3k obstacle course that gets its participants running for their lives through an apocalyptic Jamestown.

Sign-in is set for 4-5 p.m. in front of Lincoln Elementary School, 301 Front St. in Jamestown, and the race will begin at dusk. Attendees may opt to participate as a runner or as a zombie. Registration is $20 per runner, $10 per zombie and $10 for those under 15.

For more information search for “2013 End of Days Zombie Run” on Facebook.

Reg Lenna Center For The Arts To Host Halloween Insomniac Film Festival: The Insomniac Competitive Film Festival is set to host a special Halloween edition on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Admission is $1. The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, email or call 664-2465, ext. 227.

Razzer’s Jazzers To Perform At Unitarian Universalist Congregation Sunday: Razzer’s Jazzers, a group featuring four area musicians is set to present a Dixieland jazz music salon Sunday.

The group, which is comprised of Razz Rasmusson on clarinet, Pete Pepke on trombone, Kim Childs on piano and Jim Sturdevant on drums, is set to perform at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown on Sunday at 7 p.m.

This jazz salon is supported in part by a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts. Admission is free, but free will donations are be accepted. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation is located at 1255 Prendergast Ave. in Jamestown. For more information, call 488-1902 or visit

The Mountain Railroad Band Is Set To Bring Gospel Music To Ellington: The Ellington Community Church will present its final concert of the year, featuring Maurice Brown and the Mountain Railroad Band, on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Refreshments will follow the concert, and the church is handicap accessible. The Ellington Community Church is located at 5009 Thornton Road in Ellington. For more information, call 962-5168.


To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email or call 487-1111, ext. 253 by Monday.


Ivan Parker: 6 p.m., Willow Bay Theater, 21 E. Third St. in Jamestown.

Blue Grass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.


Cindy Love: noon-1 p.m., Jamestown Farmer’s Market, Foundry Alley, in Jamestown.

Brian Hanna: 6 p.m., Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown.

Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 7:30-10:30 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

Ralph Chamberlain Jr. Band: 8 p.m. to midnight, Bellini Lounge, Chautauqua Suites, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.

Well Worn Boot And Haewa: 9 p.m., Mojo’s, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown.

American Ride Band: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Murdock’s, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.


Small Town Revolution And Halloween Party: 8 p.m., Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Findley Lake.

Smokehouse: 8-11 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

The Elektra Kings: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Snuffy’s Cafe And Lounge, 208 Hickory St. in Warren, Pa.

Karaoke With DJ Amber: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Murdock’s, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.